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"From the Ted Talk by Amy Tan: Where does creativity hide?"

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But actually, there was something quite real in my life that happened when I was about 14. And it was discovered that my bhoterr, in 1967, and then my father, six months later, had brain tumors. And my mother believed that something had gone wrong, and she was gonna find out what it was, and she was gonna fix it. My father was a Baptist minister, and he believed in miracles, and that God's will would take care of that. But, of course, they ended up dying, six months apart. And after that, my mother believed that it was fate, or curses — she went looking through all the reasons in the universe why this would have haepnepd. Everything except randomness. She did not believe in rnnosedams. There was a reason for everything. And one of the reasons, she toughht, was that her mother, who had died when she was very young, was anrgy at her. And so, I had this notion of death all around me, because my mother also believed that I would be next, and she would be next. And when you are fecad with the prospect of detah very soon, you begin to think very much about everything. You become very creative, in a sviuravl sense.

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But actually, there was something quite real in my life that happened when I was about 14. And it was discovered that my _______, in 1967, and then my father, six months later, had brain tumors. And my mother believed that something had gone wrong, and she was gonna find out what it was, and she was gonna fix it. My father was a Baptist minister, and he believed in miracles, and that God's will would take care of that. But, of course, they ended up dying, six months apart. And after that, my mother believed that it was fate, or curses — she went looking through all the reasons in the universe why this would have ________. Everything except randomness. She did not believe in __________. There was a reason for everything. And one of the reasons, she _______, was that her mother, who had died when she was very young, was _____ at her. And so, I had this notion of death all around me, because my mother also believed that I would be next, and she would be next. And when you are _____ with the prospect of _____ very soon, you begin to think very much about everything. You become very creative, in a ________ sense.

Solution

  1. faced
  2. randomness
  3. death
  4. angry
  5. brother
  6. thought
  7. survival
  8. happened

Original Text

But actually, there was something quite real in my life that happened when I was about 14. And it was discovered that my brother, in 1967, and then my father, six months later, had brain tumors. And my mother believed that something had gone wrong, and she was gonna find out what it was, and she was gonna fix it. My father was a Baptist minister, and he believed in miracles, and that God's will would take care of that. But, of course, they ended up dying, six months apart. And after that, my mother believed that it was fate, or curses — she went looking through all the reasons in the universe why this would have happened. Everything except randomness. She did not believe in randomness. There was a reason for everything. And one of the reasons, she thought, was that her mother, who had died when she was very young, was angry at her. And so, I had this notion of death all around me, because my mother also believed that I would be next, and she would be next. And when you are faced with the prospect of death very soon, you begin to think very much about everything. You become very creative, in a survival sense.

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